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A FORMER teacher has got top marks for helping more than 4,000 students build their business skills.

Fiona McKeon's Bizworld Ireland teaches schoolchildren how to set up a company, raise money, pitch to investors and have results.

The entrepreneur also runs summer camps and works with educators to introduce entrepreneurial concepts to students.

Innovation Minister Richard Bruton's entrepreneurship forum report recommended that her initiative should go nationwide.

"Bizworld currently partners with schools in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Galway, Cork and Limerick. Such a programme is worth expanding across the nation," it reported.

Last week Ms McKeon also won the David Manley emerging social entrepreneur award.

The 46-year-old said any child aged from 11 to 13 years can be taught about business and money management and added: "Bizworld Ireland is sowing the seeds in children to consider creating employment, taking in the CV and giving out the jobs."